Destress your face for younger looking skin

Face Massage For Younger, Healthier Skin

Are you noticing wrinkles and lines showing up on your face that weren’t there yesterday? Can’t afford a monthly facial and smartly refuse treatments like Botox? Great news, you can keep your face looking its best with just a little daily T.L.C.

Facial massage is an easy, free, natural way of encouraging your own youthful glow. This is how it works:

It’s amazing how much tension we tend to hold in our faces. Think of all the facial expressions you make when you’re focusing at work and what about all the unnecessary strain you hold in your neck and eyebrows when you’re reading emails or doing chores. This sort of prolonged tightness can lead to headaches, wrinkles and poor circulation throughout your head, neck and shoulders. A little massage goes a long way to relieving that facial tension and stress.

A dull, lackluster complexion can be the result of poor circulation. When the blood and lymph flow in your face is stagnant, pores can become clogged, cell turnover becomes sluggish and the face can begin to look older than it actually is. A gentle massage can promote rejuvenation, bring fresh blood to tight areas and help your body filter out toxins in the skin more efficiently. The longterm result? A more enlivened, rosy complexion and healthier, more nourished skin.

Your lymph system is responsible for ‘taking out the trash,’ so to speak. But the lymph system does not circulate on its own. It relies on movement and the force of gravity to make its rounds. But if you’re not going upside down on a regular basis or practicing facial yoga, lymph can tend to pool and become stagnant around your face and head. Because the lymph is full of toxins that are destined for the liver, stagnant lymph can lead to puffiness and skin congestion. Over time, this can cause the skin to age prematurely and lose its luster. Self-massage helps circulate the neck and facial lymph to encourage cleaner and smoother looking skin.

Releasing your facial fascia is hugely underrated. Fascia is a layer of connective tissue directly beneath the skin that holds everything together. Stretching tense areas of fascia can help to improve circulation and encourage mobility, which may help skin appear and feel more youthful, more elastic and less tense.

All it takes is 2-5 minutes a day to reduce stress, improve your complexion and prevent wrinkles. So how can you get started? Just follow the steps below:

  1. Wash your face and apply a facial oil like rosehip, jojoba, avocado or coconut to help your fingers gently glide across your skin without pulling it.
  2. Gently begin stroking with your index and middle fingers on both hands between your brows up to your forehead. Do 10 slow strokes, steadily moving outward so that you cover the entire forehead.
  3. Lightly make 10 outward circles on your temples.
  4. Place two fingers on each side of the bridge of your nose. Now glide outwards, passing over the under-eye area, until you reach the top of your cheekbone just in front of your ear. Do this 10 times, being especially delicate in the eye area.
  5. Make 10 small outward circles around the top of your cheekbones.
  6. Place two fingers on either side of your chin and glide towards the soft area just below your ear. Perform 10 smooth strokes.
  7. Make 10 easy circles over the lymph nodes in your neck (the area that swells when you get sick).
  8. Make 10 long strokes from your cheekbone, over the lymph nodes in your neck, down to the crook in the center of your collarbone.
  9. Perform 10 gentle circles at the center of your collarbone.

Not only will this help rejuvenate your skin but it feels great and relieves stress. Give yourself a selfie massage!